Fresh locks with blunt ends 8th March ‘20

Fresh locks, with blunted ends. Amazing day, privilege to start these locks for spirit of true courage. An inspiring day, thank you for trusting me.

My locks

Cultivating my own locks for approx 12 years, no hair extensions. Patience is a Virtue.

Fresh locks 1st March ‘20

Fresh locks today, love the transformation and the happiness in self expression through change. Look forward to the first tidy up in 3 months.

Tidy up 28th Feb ‘20

Installed these partial locks 3 years ago, wonderful to see how well they have matured.

Unregulated Trade In Human Hair For Extensions ~ Human Exploitation

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I will not get involved With Hair Extensions………..

Initially, this blog entry was to inform mostly, on the subject of Sādhana (commitment to spiritual life, the means of realisation), and why I will not get involved with hair extensions.  Since learning more about the human hair extension industry and it not being humanely regulated, then it is far more important to prioritise and begin this blog entry, regarding the industry’s exploitation.

No One Asks Questions

Where is the hair coming from? 

Who donated their hair? 

Is the hair from an adult or a child?

Was the hair cut/shaved as a religious offering?

Those having their hair cut/shaven as a religious offering, do they know that their hair is being sold for profit?

Is the religious profit going back into the community?

Did they donate willingly?

Is a hair broker involved, are they FairTrade, did they pay a fair price to the individual for their hair? 

Was the hair cut from someone living or deceased?

Despite a label, can you be 100% sure, the hair is human hair? 

I have listed the links below to help you.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2006/jun/25/india.theobserver

http://www.markglenn.com/news/where-human-hair-extensions-come-from-india-children-pay-the-price

India & Thailand

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlZ1SWLBfPE&t=616s 

China

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/indepth/national/black-gold/ 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4grRL7eB9vA

India & Russia

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1036155/Why-Ill-wear-hair-extensions-pop-star-Jamelia.html 

Venezuela

Ukraine

The Dirty Secrets of the Global Hair Trade

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2012/oct/28/hair-extension-global-trade-secrets

Sādhana

I will not get involved with hair extensions of any kind, that includes extensions that are already installed.  I lock hair purely for spiritual reasons, things such as hair extensions, contradict the ancient teachings to which I have committed my life and live daily.

Asmitā 

Asmitā translated: ‘I’ amness, which relates to the Ego and is listed second in line, as one of the five afflictions that cause suffering.  The ancient teachings guide us towards recognising all five afflictions, however for the benefit of this blog entry, we will remain focused on Ego.  The teachings help us to know when the Ego benefits us or not.  Vanity grows from Ego, which does not benefit and inevitably causes disappointment and unhappiness. 

I appreciate, that when one chooses to lock up their hair, the initial installation and subsequent months of maturing, will challenge Vanity. The ‘wanting’, for one’s locks to look and feel amazing from day one, can be consuming, leading us to make decisions, that result in internal regret. Therefore, please allow me to bring to the surface, some important considerations before making a costly commitment.  

Dharma

Patience is a Virtue. The Goal is not the focus, the focus is *why, *how and *what happens, as one illuminates towards the goal and ……. this needs patience.  Your hair will grow long enough for you to lock up, then over weeks, months and years, your fresh locks will reach the mature goal, of this there is no doubt.

*Why, and maintaining the integrity and the essence of Why.

*How, this is the hardest part, this is patience.

*What, we learn about ourself as we grow and mature.

Sanskrit word for Virtue is Dharma.  Dharma translates, ‘essential qualities: highest duty’.  Dharma  is how we act in the present moment and is a product of our personal Karma.  Karma is a product from past memories.

Ahimsā

A moral observance that is a great vow, Ahimsā translates as ‘non-harming’.  There are no ethics in the hair extension industry and its trade, it is pure human exploitation.  Please read the opening of this blog. 

Science

Hair is used in scientific research in the context of DNA, to find out about the genetic make up of the person the hair came from.

Karmagenes ~ There is also a DNA for characteristics, ie, the inherited personality traits of a grandparent.  Scientific research is now being done to investigate characteristic DNA and the links to mental illness.  Also comes under the umbrella of Epigenetics.

  https://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-find-genetic-links-between-personality-traits-and-psychiatric-diseases

Mysticism 

A Shaman practice; in order to take on the characteristics of their spirit animal, the Shaman wore the skin/fur/feathers of the animal.  Therefore, if one is wearing the hair of another human ………

The locking of hair has ancient beginnings …….

The locking of hair has ancient beginnings in historical cultures from all over the world.  As far as I’m aware, the earliest written record of locked hair, is in The Vedas, which is the oldest ‘written’ text.

From my studies, reading a branch of The Vedas, called Samkhya Karika, I’ve come across a reference, to what I believe, to be that of locked hair.

As it was said, a person who knows the twenty-five principles, becomes liberated, no matter in what stage of life, young or old, whether with clotted hair or shaved, the one who knows these principles will be free.’

Allow me to give you an idea of how old the text is and how old this quote is, what the philosophy is about and what I deduce from the above quote.

Samkhya Karika was written in the 2nd Century, not much is know about the original author ~ Lord Kapila .  A revival of the philosophy came about in the 8th Century, with commentary by Gaudapadacharya.  In 1933 a further commentary of the text, with a clearer explanation, by Swami Bawra.

In brief, the Samkhya Karika is a science of Spirit and causal nature, the objective to bring about emancipation from mental affliction.  This philosophy is the seed to Yoga, Ayurveda, Hindu, Buddha and Jain, without the Samkhya, these life paths would not exist.

From the quote above, I deduce that; 

  • a) this reference is not the only one and I believe that as my studies continue I will find more 
  • b) the reference to clotted hair, is that of Sadhu’s locks, heads shaved is a reference to Buddhists 
  • c) from this I believe, at the time of this reference, Hindu and Buddha was in existence

To have unruly hair is to indicate …..

“To have unruly hair is to indicate a separation from conventional society, a sign of someone who flouts the rules, whose ideas are different from the norm and whose long hair is a symbol of liberation from the constraints of society. This is not a recent symptom of societal changes but predates the time when people wore flowers in their hair in the 1960’s and 70’s. Traditionally, witches and wizards had unruly and disheveled hair and lived apart from their neighbours, as did the hermit, whose long robe and tangled hair are an archetypal uniform. The ‘mad professor’ who teeters between genius and insanity is given away by his hair, which stands on end.”

“Our hair is a symbol of our individuality, and to make someone cut or shave his hair is to wield power over that person”

From the Element Encyclopedia of Secret Signs and Symbols by Adele Nozedar

Just a few heads I’ve done this year.

Such a busy year, meeting so many inspiring and interesting people, who are either, maintaining their maturing locks or who have decided to begin the hair locking journey. Thank you for making that choice to have your locks croched by me.  Everyone a pleasure, everyone a personal interaction and an exchange of energy and everyone, individual, diverse and mind expanding.

Yogashanti